PRE MENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)
Pre Menstrual Syndrome and role of Homeopathy
In many traditional cultures, the time of menstrual flow is considered as a period of cleaning and regeneration.
Most women live in dread of their monthly cycle.
If menstruation is a natural event, then why is it seen that most of women have health issues with their cycles..?
The menstrual flow is regulated by a complex interaction of hormones. There are 3 phases of cycle. Average cycle is of 28 days.
You probably get some signs that your periods are appearing. For most women its not a big deal, but for others, the days before periods are harder which may interfere with your daily life. Then probably you are suffering from PMS.
PMS affects 75% of women especially in thier 20’s or 30’s.
WHAT IS PRE MENSTRUAL SYNDROME..?
Pre Menstrual Syndrome is a constellation of symptoms both physical, emotional and behavioral which may affect women during certain days of mentrual cycle, generally just before her menses.
It usually affect most of the menstruating women.
It starts from 5 to 10 days before menses and typically goes away once menstruation begins.
CAUSES OF PRE MENSTRUAL SYNDROME
Exactly what causes PMS is unknown, but several factors may be considered which influence Pre menstrual syndrome.
HORMONAL CHANGES :
Signs and symptoms of PMS change with hormonal fluctuations and disappear during pregnancy or menopause.
Some women with severe PMS have undiagnosed depression , anxiety, stress or history of mood disorders, emotional trauma.
Family history of PMS may be one of the cause.
Fluctuations of serotonin, that is thoght to play a crucial role in mood states that could trigger PMS.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PRE MENSTRUAL SYNDROME:
Variety of symptoms have been attributed to Pre menstrual syndrome.
Women can have pre menstrual symptom of varying duration and severity from cycle to cycle.
The most frequent mood related symtoms of Pre menstrual emotional symptoms include:
- Exaggerated mood swings
- Anger and irritability
Physical symptoms include:
- Weight gain.
- Breast tenderness.
- Nausea, vomiting.
- Sleep disturbances.
The duration of Pre menstrual symptoms varies among women. Most women experience the symptoms for a few to several days prior to onset of their menses. PMS usually starts after ovulation, mid of the montly menstrual cycle, or jus few days before cycle.
DIAGNOSIS OF PRE MENSTRUAL SYNDROME :
Pre menstrual syndrome is diagnosed based on the physical, emotional amd behavioral symptoms. If the changes occur consistently around mid menstrual cycle and persists until the menstrual flow begins, then PMS is probably the accurate diagnosis.
ROLE OF HOMOEOPATHY IN PRE MENSTRUAL SYNDROME :
Homoeopathic medicines have a very beneficial role in Pre Menstrual Syndrome. They aim at correcting the underlying imbalances that lead to PMS. Homoeopathic treatment is based on detailed case study of the patient.
Few indicated Homeopathic remedies are.;
Pulsatilla is indicated in pre menstrual syndrome. It is of great help for women with increased sensitivity towards pre menstrual syndrome. They have weeping tendency, tearfull eye, very sensitive and mild.
Open air makes them feel good. They have complaints of suppressed or delayed menses. Total absence of thirst. Tendency to gain weight before menses with headache, nausea and dizziness.
Sepia is indicated homeopathic medicine for pre menstrual syndrome. The patient presents mainly with irritability pre menstrual syndrome. There is aversion to indulge in physical or mental activity. Marked indifference. Extreme anger. Bearing down sensation, with bearing down pain in the uterus. Oily skin with acne before menses.
Silicea is one of the indicated remedy in pre menstrual syndrome. Indicated in case of extreme constipation before menses. They have great difficulty in passing stool. Stool receeds back after being partially expellled. She is mild, yielding with irritability and sadness before and during menstruation.
Natrum mur is indicated in case of pre menstrual syndrome where the patient presents with depression, indifference, lack of self confidence, anxiety, suicidal tendency before or during menses. Presents with headache before menses.Tenderness and swelling of breasts with palpitation.
Phosphorous is indicated in women who suffer from pre menstrual syndrome. There is great irritability, difficulty in concentrating. Indecesive, anxiety. Hot flushes on face. Swelling of face. Buring pain in vagina. Tendency to put on weight during menses. Tenderness in breast and nipples.
Calcarea carb is indicated in case of premenstrual syndrome. There is marked irritability, panic attacks, apprehension, anxiety. Headache and dizziness before periods,pain in the back and thighs.
Indicated in pre menstrual syndrome, presents with marked irritability before menses. Suspicious, mistrustful
EASING THE SYMPTOMS OF PRE MENSTRUAL SYNDROME :
- Eat balanced diet to improve your overall health and energy level.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Reduce oily, fatty food, and intake of salt and sugar.
- Drink plenty of fluids to ease abdominal bloating.
- Good quality sleep. Sleep atleast 7 to 8 hours to reduce fatigue.
- Reduce stress.
- Regular excercise to decrease bloating and improve mental health as well.